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March 18, 2014

Text: “Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.”  Hosea 6:3

This is a sublime encouragement! It is a motivator for us to increase our knowledge (and our affinity) to the God of heaven.  Most of us would say they would like to be “closer to God”. God welcomes your mutuality with him. Further, this verse from Hosea assures us as to the Lord’s faithfulness to make himself known. His blessings are as dependable as the the sunrise!

Now consider this: how much effort do you spend in increasing your knowledge of God? The self-revelation of God is available to all who will read his Word. Knowledge of God does not overwhelm you by osmosis. Love of God does not seep into your soul. Rather, the formula for loving God is striving to obtain it. James expresses it differently. “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, ye double-minded.” James 4:8  The ball is in your court. God invites you to know him. It is necessary for you to pursue  his revelation  of himself.

Observe the urgency of increasing our knowledge of God. The prophet Hosea was burdened with the deteriorating connection  between God and his nation Israel. In his writings he lamented the unfaithfulness of Israel. The people had acted as an unfaithful wife. They were forming a liaison with idolatry and forsaking Jehovah. They broke the terms of the covenant and deserted the Lord.  He accuses his countrymen of their unfaithfulness. “O Ephraim, you have played the whore; Israel is defiled.” Hosea 5: 3b  His writing is punctuated  in Hosea 6:1a: “Come, let us return to the Lord…” His appeal is compelling: “Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord.” Only by knowing and conforming to the word of God will we be like him.

Finding God in His word is an exciting and fulfilling undertaking. Let us not tire of the task, but keep involved in pursuit of discovering God. Let us not grow weary in seeking its rewards. Nor let us get comfortable in the knowledge we have found. Further, let us never change God’s will for our own. We should always be dedicated to letting God’s word speak to us and then obey it strictly.

Perhaps what we need most is patience and perspective. That is, we need patience to wait for God’s will to come to full  fruition. “And let us not grow weary of doing good…” (Galatians 6:9a) Then we must have perspective of how God demonstrates himself by his blessings to us. We affirm that there is a God by all the bountiful things he gives us. Hosea tells us that God consistently  provides us with this worlds good things. “As the spring rains that water the earth.”

“As the deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God” Psalm 42:1-2

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